India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day November 14, 2010

Poor final hour undoes New Zealand's hard work

ESPNcricinfo staff
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At the press conference, Ross Taylor's face was that of a man who had dominated 11 rounds of a fight only to be floored by the sucker punch in the final round. For five hours, disciplined bowling and unbelievably good fielding had made the most feted batting line-up in the game look ordinary and induced a succession of poor shots. With India 355 for 8, New Zealand could scent parity and a realistic chance of upsetting India at a venue that has so far been a graveyard for home teams. Seventy-five minutes of Harbhajan Singh-inspired mayhem later, the pendulum has swung away from them, perhaps decisively.

"It was one of those days where you'll take the first five hours," said Taylor with what could best be described as a rueful shrug. "The last hour was just disappointing. You've got to give it to Harbhajan, who once again batted very well. He was well supported by Sreesanth. It would have been a very good day if we were only 20 or 30 behind and had a bit of a bat tonight. Hopefully we can come out, get the early wicket tomorrow and bat the rest of the day tomorrow."

New Zealand's day started perfectly with the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, and Daniel Vettori who got him was once again the focal point of a display that belied New Zealand's No. 8 ranking. Again, he varied pace and flight beautifully and rarely gave the batsmen anything to hit. India made just 59 in the opening session, and the pace bowlers supplemented his long spells with tireless endeavour of their own.

"He's been doing that for a long time for New Zealand cricket," said Taylor about his captain. "Going in with only one spinner, he knew he had to bowl a lot. I thought Chris Martin, Tim Southee and Brent Arnel bowled very well. We just let it slip towards the end there."

As tidily as they bowled, the most eye-catching aspect of the New Zealand performance was their fielding prowess. Rahul Dravid spoke of the innumerable singles they prevented and the pressure that created, and their superior athleticism in the field came to the fore right through the day's play.

"We always pride ourselves on our fielding," Taylor said. "That's an area we can control. When you're batting, what you do is dictated by how the bowler bowls to you. Your bowling plans sometimes come off, sometimes they don't. Without the gloves on, Brendon [McCullum] leads the fielding, and I thought the way he, Williamson and Guptill fielded today was outstanding."

When MS Dhoni, the last of the frontline batsmen, departed with India still 14 in arrears, the New Zealand think-tank were due for a few pats on the back. But along came Harbhajan and the plan went to the shredder. "The way we bowled to Zaheer was good," said Taylor with another half-grimace. "With the short boundary straight, Harbhajan just hurt us. What would have been pretty good balls to most batsmen, he was hitting for six. He's taken two 50s and a hundred off us, and our plans will have to be revised.

"One of the plans was to bowl short, but the short ball seemed to go a long way today. He has obviously improved his batting. After three innings, no one would have believed that he'd have nearly as many runs as Sehwag."

But having pushed India to the precipice on the fourth day in Ahmedabad and having made them look little like world-leaders for most of Sunday, New Zealand certainly aren't poised to throw in the towel. "We'd like to keep the lead under 100," said Taylor. "If we can get the early wicket and bat the rest of the day, you never know. If we can be 150 ahead, it could be an interesting [final-day] chase on that wicket."

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  • on November 15, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    wo wo wo guys lOl dis is wre we can say wt we wanna say ae??and i don think u guys hv to comnt on wt i think ae... just because u all r crazy abt cricket and treat ur team bad wen dey loose hit dem and burn dre houses, dey must be plying while burning inside out... sri lankan cricketrs suckers or wtsoevr as uve mentiond we treat dem just da same dey loose or win...

  • alfaomega on November 15, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    No one is saying Dhoni is a bad captain...in fact he might just about be on par with Saurav as India's best captain. But he does need to pull up his socks as far as his batting is concerned...we cant have the captain and No.7 batsman with an average of 15 over the past few tests. And why Dhoni alone? I think Sachin and Rahul need to pull up their socks too. One seems to be playing to keep his place and the other to reach a personal milestone. We need both these guys to fire and be at their best in South Africa. Like someone mentioned, Rahul should probably swap batting positions with Laxman. Remember that test against Australia where they swapped positions and it paid dividends for the team, Rahul and Laxman. But I would have still liked to see India go in with 5 bowlers against a team like NZ at home. Give Ishant and Mishra some confidence and time to get into their groove. Remember, SA is not too good against leg spin which makes Mishra a pretty vital player for that tour. Think...

  • on November 15, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @Pranav Desai, Dhoni is an average to poor keeper. He is far worse than McCullum Boucher, Sangakkara, P. Jayawardene and probably Prior too. He is a great captain and a game changing batsman when he is on fire. He needs to bring his ODI mindset to tests. I would like to also point out that New Zealand is doing better in India than Australia did! Ricky Ponting should take a captaincy lesson from Danny V!

  • DesiCricketfan on November 15, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Few things to add. The score past 400 and this is happenig from so many series for india. If a team is scoring 400 most of the time, that means the team is performing very well. It should not matter who is scoring runs. today we look at the scorecard and after few days we will only remember that there was a series with NZ and we will only remember the result. As far as performance of players is concerned we need all of them to fire in World Cup not in this series. It will be a concern in the world cup not now. Let all the players struggle now with the form and come back in form before the WC2011.

  • on November 15, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Bhajji is an Australian in Indian team. Go Bhajji If yuvraj fails in 2 games in a row, everyone jumps up and down. I can't see dhoni and raina doing any better. Get rid of them.

  • super-innocent on November 15, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    Pranav Desai theres no way that dhonis a better wicketkeepeer then McCullum

  • pavandeep on November 14, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    Dhoni and Raina are turning out to be a liability for the test team.

  • pavandeep on November 14, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Harbhajan Singhs inning has been nothing less than a fairy tale story. Hopefully he gets his second ton tommorow. He deserves it.

  • ScottNZ on November 14, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    I am sorry but on what planet is Dhoni a good captain? What sort of captain allows a new batsman to hit one four and then places the fielder on the boundry allowing easy singles? What sort of captain does not go for the aggressive win in the first test? What sort of captain only plays defensively for long periods of time.

    Dhoni is not a good captain, Vettori is not a good captain, Pointing is not a good captain. Strauss is not a good captain, Sangakarra is not a good captain, Lara is not a good captain, I will not even bother commenting on Pakistan's cricket right now.

    There is only one good captain in international cricket at the moment and that is Smith. This is my unbiased opinion as a Kiwi who loves the blackcaps and Vettori but right now after watching the field placing when Bhaji was batting was embarrising. Full credit to Bhaji though, he is complete class and took advantage of the situation but the players need to realise they are bowling to 8 and 11 not 3 and 11.

  • Nampally on November 14, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    I would like to change the heading to "Harbhajan's Finest Hour". NZ played well all day untill Harbhajan came in to play a Sehwag like attacking innings. Whilst Sachin and Dravid failed to counter Vetttori's tactics, Harbhajan showed these 2 batsmen how it should be done. If India is to win tests they need attacking batting followed by good bowling to counter their average fielding. India's bowling is below average as shown by letting NZ nearly 400 hundred runs in both the tests so far.Only Sehwag, Laxman and Harbhajan batted like heroes of #1 world test team. Rest of the batting was average to poor - especially from Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni & Raina. India needs one more wicket taking bowler in the side. I also feel that Pujara & Yuvraj be given a chance at the expense of Dravid and Raina to boost up the batting with some agression. Sreesanth should also give way to either Ishant or alternate such as Unadkat, Mithun, Nehra.This Team lacks winning attitude - passion & aggression.

  • on November 15, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    wo wo wo guys lOl dis is wre we can say wt we wanna say ae??and i don think u guys hv to comnt on wt i think ae... just because u all r crazy abt cricket and treat ur team bad wen dey loose hit dem and burn dre houses, dey must be plying while burning inside out... sri lankan cricketrs suckers or wtsoevr as uve mentiond we treat dem just da same dey loose or win...

  • alfaomega on November 15, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    No one is saying Dhoni is a bad captain...in fact he might just about be on par with Saurav as India's best captain. But he does need to pull up his socks as far as his batting is concerned...we cant have the captain and No.7 batsman with an average of 15 over the past few tests. And why Dhoni alone? I think Sachin and Rahul need to pull up their socks too. One seems to be playing to keep his place and the other to reach a personal milestone. We need both these guys to fire and be at their best in South Africa. Like someone mentioned, Rahul should probably swap batting positions with Laxman. Remember that test against Australia where they swapped positions and it paid dividends for the team, Rahul and Laxman. But I would have still liked to see India go in with 5 bowlers against a team like NZ at home. Give Ishant and Mishra some confidence and time to get into their groove. Remember, SA is not too good against leg spin which makes Mishra a pretty vital player for that tour. Think...

  • on November 15, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @Pranav Desai, Dhoni is an average to poor keeper. He is far worse than McCullum Boucher, Sangakkara, P. Jayawardene and probably Prior too. He is a great captain and a game changing batsman when he is on fire. He needs to bring his ODI mindset to tests. I would like to also point out that New Zealand is doing better in India than Australia did! Ricky Ponting should take a captaincy lesson from Danny V!

  • DesiCricketfan on November 15, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Few things to add. The score past 400 and this is happenig from so many series for india. If a team is scoring 400 most of the time, that means the team is performing very well. It should not matter who is scoring runs. today we look at the scorecard and after few days we will only remember that there was a series with NZ and we will only remember the result. As far as performance of players is concerned we need all of them to fire in World Cup not in this series. It will be a concern in the world cup not now. Let all the players struggle now with the form and come back in form before the WC2011.

  • on November 15, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Bhajji is an Australian in Indian team. Go Bhajji If yuvraj fails in 2 games in a row, everyone jumps up and down. I can't see dhoni and raina doing any better. Get rid of them.

  • super-innocent on November 15, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    Pranav Desai theres no way that dhonis a better wicketkeepeer then McCullum

  • pavandeep on November 14, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    Dhoni and Raina are turning out to be a liability for the test team.

  • pavandeep on November 14, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Harbhajan Singhs inning has been nothing less than a fairy tale story. Hopefully he gets his second ton tommorow. He deserves it.

  • ScottNZ on November 14, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    I am sorry but on what planet is Dhoni a good captain? What sort of captain allows a new batsman to hit one four and then places the fielder on the boundry allowing easy singles? What sort of captain does not go for the aggressive win in the first test? What sort of captain only plays defensively for long periods of time.

    Dhoni is not a good captain, Vettori is not a good captain, Pointing is not a good captain. Strauss is not a good captain, Sangakarra is not a good captain, Lara is not a good captain, I will not even bother commenting on Pakistan's cricket right now.

    There is only one good captain in international cricket at the moment and that is Smith. This is my unbiased opinion as a Kiwi who loves the blackcaps and Vettori but right now after watching the field placing when Bhaji was batting was embarrising. Full credit to Bhaji though, he is complete class and took advantage of the situation but the players need to realise they are bowling to 8 and 11 not 3 and 11.

  • Nampally on November 14, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    I would like to change the heading to "Harbhajan's Finest Hour". NZ played well all day untill Harbhajan came in to play a Sehwag like attacking innings. Whilst Sachin and Dravid failed to counter Vetttori's tactics, Harbhajan showed these 2 batsmen how it should be done. If India is to win tests they need attacking batting followed by good bowling to counter their average fielding. India's bowling is below average as shown by letting NZ nearly 400 hundred runs in both the tests so far.Only Sehwag, Laxman and Harbhajan batted like heroes of #1 world test team. Rest of the batting was average to poor - especially from Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni & Raina. India needs one more wicket taking bowler in the side. I also feel that Pujara & Yuvraj be given a chance at the expense of Dravid and Raina to boost up the batting with some agression. Sreesanth should also give way to either Ishant or alternate such as Unadkat, Mithun, Nehra.This Team lacks winning attitude - passion & aggression.

  • Raja.krishna on November 14, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    @sundar sekaran: I think you need a break first.. Dhoni is a wicket keeper who does lot of physcial work on field.. and he is also a captain marshalling his teamates cleverly.. he is using every bit of his self on and off the field.. and still you want him to go and score centuries ??.. come on.. if not dhoni, indian would have been at 3rd or 4th place in team rankings. Ganguly was in team as a specialist batsmen. If he's in poor form, he has to leave the team. Dhoni's case is different. He is not a specialist test batsmen like laxman, sachin and co.. you silly guys are expecting tooooo much from a common man. he is not a super man. Leave him.

  • on November 14, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Disappointing to see NZ again having India in a bit of trouble and letting it slip!! However good to see they are competing with a very good side at home - especially after the Bangladesh tour!!

    Should be great viewing over the final two days!!

  • SnowSnake on November 14, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    I doubt Dhoni will score a century in test cricket-- ever. The guys bats funny. He reminds me of Ricky ponting as he bats funny as well. Both players are playing as if they are learning how to hold a bat for the first time. Both seem to have problems in their footwork when they play front foot strokes.

  • on November 14, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    ok i agree that thr is no mention about dhonis form. but wat about sree shant.?hes not providing early beaktroughs for india just taking just 1 wicket in an innings and plus goin wid the eco rate between 4 and 5which is not enough for a quality fast bowler.we all knew that he had bowling good lines and length at 1st innigs of nz,but y cant he pick up wickets at regular intervels. i cant under y they rnt playing wid ishant.com on if we see ,there is no good performance from sreehant since after his comback(taking 5 wickt hall).we dont need a fast bowler who takes just 1 wick in an innings but we need a bowler who takes 2-3 wickets.so pls let ishant play for Sa series.and plus hes better batsman than sree.so i hope sree perfosms well at 4th innings

  • on November 14, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Come on! bring in the test players to play tests -- enough of Raina, we are already bearing with dhoni in what is otherwise a puristic test batting line up, a dream line up, just the names of which would make the oppn. bowlers feel hopeless. Let there be no chinks in this golden armour.

  • on November 14, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    @to all de guys supporting dhoni... I dint say that dhoni is a poor captain, bad wicketkeeper, etc etc. Everybody knows, the world knows, that he is a great captain, world class wic kpr and a great batsman. what I meant was, wy nobody wants to make a point that it is a definite area of concern..? the team is winning, so nobody prefers to complain. but imagine wat all rubbish talks Ganguly had to go thru towards the end of his captaincy. He was in no worse form than de current form of dhoni. except that de team was losing then. its de other case now. ppl wil start to point fingers at dhoni's batting once this winning habit runs out, which eventually wil happen once the 36+ trio retires. we dont want another "dada chapter" to happen, especially to a guy like dhoni. so we r genuinely concerned abt his batting, rather than getting carried away by the current momentum of the team.

  • on November 14, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    I love how everyone bashes on MS Dhoni, becuase he is in a lean patch. O and i forgot to add because he's soo soo "Lucky" Right guys? Well then Ricky Ponting was way to lucky to have one of the greatest teams/players of all time. When ponting fell for a duck or the top 5 were out for some 150 odd, din gilcrist come in n score a fast hundred n change the game? Didn't warne turn games inside out in 1 spell? Guys the captian does a lot. MS Dhoni is a quiet yet good captian. Yes his test batting is not as good as ODIs n he needs to work on it. But hes a dam good captian and an amazing keeper, hes better than, boucher, mccullum, akmal, prior, Ill rank Haddin as a really good keeper as well, but hes not as cheeky as MSD. So guys give him a break, when he wins its luck, when he loses its his fault. Its liek blaming Ricky Ponting for Aussies doing bad. His guys din perform. Instead of bashing on him, support him. Hes doing well for our country! Lets go Team INDIA

  • Koushik_Biswas on November 14, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Those who are blaming Cricinfo for not highlighting Dhoni's batting: you are missing the point. Yes, Dhoni is in bad form. Yes, he has not scored runs. But at the same time, he has led India to series victories one after the other - and however much you cry that he is lucky that he has so many match winners in his side, it is ultimately the captain who is credited for victory (because he is the one blamed for losing - so that is fair, don't you think?). So as long as he leading India to victories consistently, no action against him is required - he is doing what he is paid for. It is, however, true that a captain must perform himself. In that regard, he is indeed lucky that he has 6 other world class batsmen to mask his failures. But at the same time, he squats and rises 500 times a day, pulls of blinders of stumpings and calmly steers the ship when in troubled waters. Cricket is not only about batting - as you guys imagine it to be. And a captain has a big role to play :)

  • iamgroot on November 14, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    It has become a fashion to bash dhoni in each and every article ..Even if he is doing well no one wants to give credit..and when he isnt.. boy look how many are ready to take his head off.. instead of giving credit where it is due people just want to talk bad and become keyboard warriors towards one of the greatest captains for indian team. Yes his performance in last 7 tests sucks.. but who didnt have such dips in form? sachin had a dip in form.. gambhir too had two ducks and very few runs.. raina too didnt have great series.. and in australia series dhoni got two rough decisions from umpire and sheer bad luck ruined. Its not just him ..everybody in international cricket goes through rough patch. I remember Dravid having much leaner patch and shouts of people asking for him to be dropped got louder but dhoni persisted with him and he got century after that and everything became alright. I think its better to enjoy bhajji's batting and hope for India win..than concentrating on dhoni..

  • DesiCricketfan on November 14, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    I do not understand why are WE Indians not satisfied by Tendulkar's performance. Every time he goes on to the field, we are expecting him to get the 50th 100, Whether it is a commentator, News or the comments everywhere. Please give him a break. He has done so much for the Indian Cricket and if he is taking is his time, let him. Currently the topic of discussion should be "Bhajji Playing good", "Dhoni's Batting Form", "The Great Laxman","Dravid Trying Hard". etc etc. Dravid already has 100 in the first test so no complaints. Raina is not doing what he did in his few games in SL. We all are expecting a lot from Tendulkar but Please give him a break. It is so easy to sit and talk on your PC and comment. New Zealand were unlucky in Bangladesh. They are a good team and when they got good Batting pitch they batted good.Cheers Everyone...

  • kitten on November 14, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Let us all not forget that Dhoni is a brilliant captain, and millions think so. I know it's true that a captain is only as good as his team. But we have all noticed that he is Mr. Cool on the field, and even his team and his coach sing his praises.That is the most important. Furthermore, he is a wicketkeeper, and he has excelled at that. He may have dropped one(difficult) catch off Bhajji, but otherwise has kept very well over the past few years.His batting is a bonus and he has bailed Indian out on quite a few occasions. India has six other(top) batsmen, and if that isn't enough, then I don't know what is. And now we have HARBHAJJAN, as well. Let us stop picking on Dhoni and Dravid and start supporting the team. We are number 1 and as Kirsten says, the figures speak for themselves.India for some peculiar reason always perform badly against a weak team, and brilliantly against the best ones! Enough said.

  • cricketkkrazy on November 14, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Last week harsha bhogle wrote in his article http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/486542.html that bajji cannot be an allrounder as he cannot play consistently.But again harsha is proved wrong(once he commented on laxman's inclusion in the team).so harsha think twice when you write an article

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Bajji deserved every bit of accolades... time and again he has been proving that he is one of the most moralizing factor in the team....... Singh is King.... :) When people talk bout dhoni's batting, why are not they worried bout the slowest of slower strike rate of dravid.... Today sachin got out cos of dravid's stroke play....He need not strike at sehwag's rate.. but at least he should try to rotate the strike....

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    @tharaka... lol... since u dont like a cricketer, it means he should not be scoring runs or taking wickets!!! ... hahaha

    well played bhajji...Test Cricket rules!!thats what we want to see...

  • Raja.krishna on November 14, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Indian team needs a very good captain and dhoni is our main man. No problem if dhoni is in poor form in test cricket. One man cannot handle such a huge load. leave him.

  • cubersamy on November 14, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Looks like Raina is a flash in the pan too. Pujara and Vijay need to play NOW. Dhoni's fingers are so mashed up right now he is not able to grip his bat. @akash: there is a small blurb with his average in the last few matches in bulletin section. I guess that is as far they are willing to go.

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I wonder why Dhoni is not so consistent in tests rather than ODI's,though i firmly believe that he come out of this bad patch.His batting in tests has been too defensive and he seems not too often to rotate the strike as in ODI's.

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Yeah right Dhoni's average shows that he is the worst batsman in the team. But his keeping has improved. Anyways it would be good if Dhoni can get back to his previous best. I remember he hit a 100 against Pakistan whereby he hit Shoaib Akhtar a few times ferociously. That type of form should be his benchmark. He cannot hide for long behind a good batting line-up. Also Dravid should start working on his catching skills. India need them badly as they were.

  • LivingDead on November 14, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    well my question is, isn't vettori going to be fined for throwing his bat when he was lbw? I know it isn't a big deal, but what if bhajji from india or afridi from pak did ot, they would have been ridiculed and may been even banned

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    India have scored its 6th consecutive first innings score of 400 or more, congrats anyway.. But did anybody notice that Dhoni has scored only 220 runs in his last 12 innings, at 22 avg, with just one fifty....? Is he trying to shield his batting nemesis with his captaincy...?

  • spiritwithin on November 14, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    nz really deserve some kudos for the tremendous fightback and mental toughness in the whole series after everybody written them off...

  • spiritwithin on November 14, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    nz really deserve some kudos for the tremendous fightback and mental toughness in the whole series after everybody written them off...

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Harbhajan has outdone the Tendulkars,Dravids and Dhonis by demonstrating how best to bat with the batsmen 9,10,Jack in 3 successive innings - it is time these stalwarts added this dimension to their batting.

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    In Dhoni's last 7 innings he has got 15,14,2,30,10,22,14 and has the avg. of 15. Which is much less than his career avg.39. there is no article in cricinfo about his poor form. all are concentrating on the batting of Dravid who is doing much above than dhoni if u take the last 7 innings of dravid he has got 77,13,1,21*,104,1,45 and has a avg. of 44 all r talking about rahul dravid's retirement. then y not to drop dhoni just like yuvi????????????????????????????????????????

  • alfaomega on November 14, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    No mention of Dhoni's poor form (even a club cricketer wouldn't get out as tamely as that), no mention of the outrageous shot that Sachin played (in the last match he seemed to be ultra-cautious and here he seemed ultra-reckless), no mention of Dravid's labourious effort...and of course Suresh Raina who still seems confused whether he is playing a T20 or a test...is this really the best batting line-up that we harp about? Harbhajan may be playing like a dream now, but let's not fool ourselves...he wouldn't be able to play half as well in South Africa against their pace battery. We really should have groomed Pujara in this series, dropped Raina and given chances to Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma to get back their rhythm and confidence for South Africa. To remain the No.1 test team, we really should be a lot more fore-sighted, planned and proactive. All the batsmen, except Sehwag and Laxman seem to be playing more to protect their places or to attain personal records and milestones.

  • Samgen on November 14, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Kudos to Harbajan for the innings he played today. Srisanth's confidence improved too as his innings progressed. Very heartening to see the tail making significant contributions consistently especially with the world cup approaching. Dhoni's batting woes continue and is a cause for concern now as he will find it difficult to justify his position in the team soon with his average work behind the wicket and no contribution with the bat. Expect opposition teams to start targeting him soon. A weak captain is not a good sign for team India for the world cup. He should go back to his earlier style of batting that worked for him rather than trying to play the role of an anchor.

  • Hindh on November 14, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    This kind of tooth and nail fight is what a No 1 teams do time and again. Balle balle bhajji.......and Chak de India......

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I quite agree with the observations about MSD, he is long overdue for a good innings in a crunch situation- and the same is due from Raina as well. If you notice these two fellas have been scoring only when the Top 5 have already done the bulk of the good work and there is no pressure on No 6 and 7 whatsoever.VVS has almost taken over the mantle from Rahul Dravid,that of bailing India out in crunch situations. Kudos to Bhajji for not only scoring those runs , but doing it when the team has required every run - performances like these are what tell a No.1 team from the rest. India need to do this more consistently as a team to be able to 'hold on' to their No.1 status - for them to reach the dominating stature that the Aussies and the Windies commanded in the past though, they need to play with the intention to win always - and by this I do not mean that they should be very aggressive by batting in a nonchalant way like the Aussies sometimes did in their heydays,or, behave like them!!

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Can you believe it? Harbhajan is gonna be man of the series for batting! Its freaking awesome! @Tharaka They can't get him because he is not a sucker like your Sri Lankan batsmen!

  • mahi678 on November 14, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    @Balaji Viswanathan ,

    hey hey, dont say that nz is dominating india. they are just giving good fight.

    Even in the first test, target of 295 is impossible to achieve for any team batting second. This is just the underdogs giving some challege to No. 1 team.

    Even if bhajji doesn't make such a knock, we still able to get 20 runs lead today. that would put match in evenly poised situation!

    any way hats-off bhajji for such display of BRILLIANCE! giving india the edge!

  • Baria00 on November 14, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    It was a great test match cricket. some great bowling from a best spinner in the world playing on a lousy team. its a damn good test match picth, it has assisted the bowlers and batsman has scored runs. vetorri was very negative with his tacticts will cost them the test match. bhajji has really improved his batting and dhoni must look at his batting and learn something..

  • on November 14, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Vettori and Co. did exceptionally well today but all was undone by Harbhajan's brilliant knock. If India can take the lead past 100, NZ are is some serious trouble because the pitch has become very supportive for the bowlers and the 4th and 5th days could turn the pitch into a minefield.

  • tendravid on November 14, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Why is noone talking about Dhonis batting i think it has been quite some time since he hit any runs. BUt the focus is on Dravid who is doing ok. SOme people just get away. It is easier for dhoni to be captian than dravid or sachin for sure because there is no foucs on his own performance. ANyway harbhajan is a better batsman than bowler now.

    Kudos to NZ for fighting better than aussies. Swallow Humble Pie Mr. Ian Chappell.

  • on November 14, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    i cant imaging why NZ cant get hurbajaan out...i hate that guy..he is not deserved this..

  • on November 14, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    This whole series seem quite inverted. No.8 team outlaying No.1 team, No.8 batsman outscoring No.1 batsman...

  • akash20102009 on November 14, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    There is no mention of Dhoni's poor form in any one of the cricinfo report. I mean reporting is reporting good and bad without being biased. Dhoni is in very poor form. And he should be criticized for the same.

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  • akash20102009 on November 14, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    There is no mention of Dhoni's poor form in any one of the cricinfo report. I mean reporting is reporting good and bad without being biased. Dhoni is in very poor form. And he should be criticized for the same.

  • on November 14, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    This whole series seem quite inverted. No.8 team outlaying No.1 team, No.8 batsman outscoring No.1 batsman...

  • on November 14, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    i cant imaging why NZ cant get hurbajaan out...i hate that guy..he is not deserved this..

  • tendravid on November 14, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Why is noone talking about Dhonis batting i think it has been quite some time since he hit any runs. BUt the focus is on Dravid who is doing ok. SOme people just get away. It is easier for dhoni to be captian than dravid or sachin for sure because there is no foucs on his own performance. ANyway harbhajan is a better batsman than bowler now.

    Kudos to NZ for fighting better than aussies. Swallow Humble Pie Mr. Ian Chappell.

  • on November 14, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Vettori and Co. did exceptionally well today but all was undone by Harbhajan's brilliant knock. If India can take the lead past 100, NZ are is some serious trouble because the pitch has become very supportive for the bowlers and the 4th and 5th days could turn the pitch into a minefield.

  • Baria00 on November 14, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    It was a great test match cricket. some great bowling from a best spinner in the world playing on a lousy team. its a damn good test match picth, it has assisted the bowlers and batsman has scored runs. vetorri was very negative with his tacticts will cost them the test match. bhajji has really improved his batting and dhoni must look at his batting and learn something..

  • mahi678 on November 14, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    @Balaji Viswanathan ,

    hey hey, dont say that nz is dominating india. they are just giving good fight.

    Even in the first test, target of 295 is impossible to achieve for any team batting second. This is just the underdogs giving some challege to No. 1 team.

    Even if bhajji doesn't make such a knock, we still able to get 20 runs lead today. that would put match in evenly poised situation!

    any way hats-off bhajji for such display of BRILLIANCE! giving india the edge!

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Can you believe it? Harbhajan is gonna be man of the series for batting! Its freaking awesome! @Tharaka They can't get him because he is not a sucker like your Sri Lankan batsmen!

  • on November 14, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I quite agree with the observations about MSD, he is long overdue for a good innings in a crunch situation- and the same is due from Raina as well. If you notice these two fellas have been scoring only when the Top 5 have already done the bulk of the good work and there is no pressure on No 6 and 7 whatsoever.VVS has almost taken over the mantle from Rahul Dravid,that of bailing India out in crunch situations. Kudos to Bhajji for not only scoring those runs , but doing it when the team has required every run - performances like these are what tell a No.1 team from the rest. India need to do this more consistently as a team to be able to 'hold on' to their No.1 status - for them to reach the dominating stature that the Aussies and the Windies commanded in the past though, they need to play with the intention to win always - and by this I do not mean that they should be very aggressive by batting in a nonchalant way like the Aussies sometimes did in their heydays,or, behave like them!!

  • Hindh on November 14, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    This kind of tooth and nail fight is what a No 1 teams do time and again. Balle balle bhajji.......and Chak de India......